You can’t have one without the other.

Recently I had rights returned for ten books when Samhain Publishing finally (FINALLY) closed their doors. If you were on my social media, you probably saw the picture I posted of the moment when I got the email releasing my rights:

The emotions you’re seeing here are relief, joy, and disbelief. It was a long journey to get these books back. One that started at the end of last February when Samhain first announced they would be closing and all rights returned to authors.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 10

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the tenth set of questions:

  1. BEST ROOM FOR A FIREPLACE?
    Living room with bedroom a good second.
  2. DO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?
    Yes. So I did.
  3. IF MARRIED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED?
    20 years in March 2017.
  4. WHO WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH?
    My husband, actually.
  5. DO YOU CRY AND THROW A FIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN WAY?
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December 2016 Recap

December is almost over, so it’s time for an December Recap. Here’s what’s been going on in Jess Michaels World in the past month:

  • I finished The Daring Duke, which is the first book in The 1797 Club series that starts March 14. I love this new series, there will be ten books and ALL the heroes are Dukes! 🙂
  • Adored in Autumn, the final book in the Seasons series, is now up for pre-order and you can buy below.
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 9

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the ninth set of questions:

  1. TEA OR COFFEE?
    Tea if I have to pick between the two. I don’t really want either.
  2. SUGAR COOKIES OR SNICKERDOODLES?
    Snickerdoodles. Yum.
  3. CAN YOU SWIM WELL?
    I swim okay. I’m not going to win any medals.
  4. CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE?
    Yes. Is not being able to do that a thing??
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 8

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the eighth set of questions:

  1. CAN YOU CURL YOUR TONGUE?
    No.
  2. EVER WON A SPELLING BEE?
    I don’t think so. Maybe?
  3. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE SO HAPPY?
    I cry at everything. But yes, lots of times. I cried when I hit the USA Today is one example.
  4. OWN ANY RECORD ALBUMS?
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 7

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the seventh set of questions:

  1. DO YOU WEAR A BATH ROBE?
    Not usually though I have a Black Widow one.
  2. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO BED?
    Pajamas.
  3. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?
    New Kids on the Block, 1989
  4. WALMART, TARGET, OR KMART?
    Target, Target, Target
  5. NIKE OR ADIDAS?
    I don’t care.
  6. CHEETOSOR FRITOS?
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 6

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the sixth set of questions:

  1. LAST TIME YOU GOT A PORTRAIT TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER?
    Probably when I got my author photo taken for the zombie books in 2010. A long time. But if we can manage to lose some weight, my husband and I will be getting a shoot for our 20th anniversary in March.
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November 2016 Recap

November is almost over, so it’s time for an November Recap. Here’s what’s been going on in Jess Michaels World in the past month:

  • One Summer of Surrender was released. Thank you to everyone who bought it. I hope you’ll consider leaving an honest review if you haven’t!
  • We were very happy to have the opportunity to close early on our Tucson house, so we are officially all done there. It’s been nice to replenish our funds, buy some new things for the new house and be settled without the other house hanging over us.
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 5

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the fifth set of questions:

  1. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS?
    I have a subscription to Mindful Magazine. It’s a mindfulness and meditation magazine.
  2. WHICH ARE BETTER: LEGOS OR LINCOLN LOGS?
    I have no children and have no opinion about this.
  3. ARE YOU STUBBORN?
    Probably a little.
  4. WHO IS BETTER: LENO OR LETTERMAN?
    Letterman.
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100 Questions No One Asks, Part 4

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the fourth set of questions:

  1. CAN YOU CHANGE THE OIL ON A CAR?

    Yes! I used to change my own oil all the time.
  2. EVER GOTTEN A SPEEDING TICKET?

    Once. Like 15 years ago.
  3. EVER RAN OUT OF GAS?

    Not yet. Knock on wood.
  4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SANDWICH?

    I love the Jimmy Johns veggie.
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Choosing Project Order

Recently I was asked how I choose project order. How do I pick which characters within a series to write first versus last. And also how do I choose when to write one series over another. So here is my answer:

It really depends on the series. For example, in the Seasons series, I knew Gray and Rosalinde would be first, as this is how the families involved in that series are introduced to each other, at the failed wedding of Rosalinde’s sister Celia to Gray’s brother, the Earl of Stenfax.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 3

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the third set of questions:

  1. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE?

    One of my least favorite movies I ever suffered through was Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis. He’s trying to help this lady and I think some orphans or something out of a war torn…jungle maybe? Anyway, it’s awful and the lady who plays the heroine is running through the jungle for three days and her make up was still perfect.
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All These Upcoming Projects! :)

A couple of weeks ago, as I was putting things away in my office, I printed out my release schedule and tacked it up on my wall. I like being able to look over and see both my writing schedule and my release schedule. All these upcoming projects are so fun to think about (and I’m thinking about them all right now) but with a very few exceptions, I haven’t shared much about them with all of you.… [Read more...]

100 Questions No One Asks, Part 2

This is my continuation of the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks from Four Hats and a Frugal. Here is the second set of questions:

  1. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK?
    Not usually. Unless I’m trying to measure something while I’m walking for some reason.
  2. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS?
    Yes. In fact, I peed in the woods a couple of weeks ago during a hike in the mountains. #confessions
  3. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS?
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The Ritual of Writing

Recently someone on Facebook asked me about the rituals I participate in as I prepare to write a book. Now if you know me, you know I don’t really believe in “muse”, I don’t listen to music when I write (though I’ve certainly been inspired by music in coming up with ideas for a story), etc. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have rituals that have to do with my writing and my books.

First off, I have a pretty specific order of how I get ready for a new book.… [Read more...]